Zlatan slammed on social media following 'arrogant' tweet about Sweden

Postado Novembro 14, 2017

The Azzurri failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after Sweden held onto their one-goal advantage from the first leg and secured a 0-0 draw in Italy on Monday night.

Italy's Mario Balotelli posted a short clip on Instagram before the game, sending a message to the fans wishing his country good luck.

After the game Ibrahimovic, who announced his retirement from worldwide football last summer, marked his country's remarkable achievement with a tweet reading: "We are Zweden", along with an image of his former teammates celebrating.

Meanwhile, Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon was left distraught after the match, as he said: "I'm not sorry for myself but all of Italian football".

"This player [Ibrahimovic] has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him".

But there were inevitably questions about the Manchester United striker, who has been out of action since April with a knee ligament injury.

"What I wanted to say was that this was the demonstration that our collective acted like this during the whole length of the play-offs". I am a bit moved but obviously very happy with the result.

Andersson, however, was quick to dismiss talk of a sensational return for the 36-year-old.

"Considering that he has chose to leave global football, he is a great champion, but we had to adapt and found another style".